Pennsylvania Derby Winner Saudi Crown Joins Top 10 Of Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Pennsylvania Derby Winner Saudi Crown Joins Top 10 Of Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

Saudi Crown #3 with Florent Geroux riding won the $1,000,000 Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania on September 23, 2023. Photo By Joe Labozzetta /EQUI-PHOTO

FMQ Stables' Pennsylvania Derby (G1) winner Saudi Crown has moved into the top 10 in the latest Longines Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings, while Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Arcangelo maintains the overall lead following the 11th week of voting. The Longines Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings are a weekly rating of the top 10 horses in contention for the $6 million Longines Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), which will be run Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.

Saudi Crown captured Saturday's 1 1/8-mile Pennsylvania Derby for 3-year-olds from gate to wire over a sloppy track for his third win in five starts. Trained by Brad Cox, the gray son of Always Dreaming rose from 17th place to eighth with 111 votes. Blue Rose Farm's Arcangelo leads the poll for the fifth consecutive week with 333 votes, registering 25 first-place votes. Fellow 3-year-olds Geaux Rocket Ride, with 276 votes, and FanDuel Racing Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) winner Arabian Knight, who earned 265 votes, are in second and third place, respectively.

C2 Racing Stable, LLC, and La Milagrosa Stable, LLC's White Abarrio, who won Saratoga's Whitney Stakes (G1), is fourth with 247 votes. Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable's Forte, who was second in the Belmont and won the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2), ranks fifth with 152 votes. Godolphin's 5-year-old Proxy, runner-up in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), maintains sixth place with 131 votes. Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable's 4-year-old Bright Future, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, is seventh with 126 votes.

Following the eighth-place Saudi Crown is Ryotokuji Kenji Holdings Co. Ltd.'s Ushba Tesoro (JPN). The Dubai World Cup (G1) winner is ninth with 69 votes. Mage, winner of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), is 10th with 59 votes.

The Longines Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings are determined by a panel of leading Thoroughbred racing media, horseplayers, and members of the Breeders' Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel. Rankings will be announced each week through Oct. 10. A list of voting members can be found here.

In the Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings, each voter rates horses on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 system in descending order.

Longines Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings – Sept. 26, 2023*

Rank Horse Votes First-Place Votes Previous Week
1 Arcangelo 333 25 1
2 Geaux Rocket Ride 276 1 2
3 Arabian Knight 265 3 3
4 White Abarrio 247 4 4
5 Forte 152 0 5
6 Proxy 131 0 6
7 Bright Future 126 0 7
8 Saudi Crown 111 0 17
9 Ushba Tesoro (JPN) 69 2 9
10 Mage 59 0 8

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